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Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors
Time of Work: Full-time, salaried
Classification: Exempt
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Start Date: Negotiable
Location: Within Wyoming, Lander preferred
Deadline to Apply: December 11, 2017

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Job Description

The Wyoming Outdoor Council seeks an executive director to lead the organization and achieve its mission to protect Wyoming’s environment and quality of life for future generations.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Lead and direct management and the implementation of the Outdoor Council’s mission and strategic plan. Work closely with board of directors to facilitate and lead revision of the five-year strategic plan. Ensure the organization makes measurable progress on its programmatic goals of protecting Wyoming’s lands, wildlife, environmental quality, and public health.
  • Ensure that the organization makes measurable progress on its ‘organizational strategies’ as identified in the strategic plan: (1) Build Recognition and Broad Support for our Mission; (2) Secure the Council’s Financial Future; (3) Strengthen Board Capacity; and (4) Strengthen Staff Capacity.
  • Provide organizational leadership and supervision to ensure that each staff member has clear expectations, is engaged in his or her work, and has the tools needed for the job. Ensure that all staff have a positive and productive work environment.
  • Supervise the organizational leadership team (program, development, and communications) and administrative staff, providing oversight and guidance on the management of each program area.
  • Direct and/or support fundraising activities. Maintain relationships with key funders, foundations, and major donors. Meet/communicate with potential new donors as needed. Steward and solicit a portfolio of important funders to help the organization meet annual income goals.
  • Complete a comprehensive 4-year fundraising campaign.
  • Help maintain and grow external relations by networking and collaborating with partners, decision makers, and key stakeholders to influence policy.
  • Manage finance and operations in conjunction with the board’s finance committee, staff, accountants, and auditors. Oversee financial controls, compensation, bookkeeping, cash management, and compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Develop and support the board of directors through service on board committees, planning and executing board meetings, and consistent communication and engagement with board members.
  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, and when necessary dismiss staff members, or oversee these activities led by other managers.
  • Monitor and update as needed the organization’s policies and procedures for effectiveness and statutory compliance. Foster staff awareness of and compliance with policies and expectations.
  • Build broad awareness of the Wyoming Outdoor Council’s brand in order to increase its influence and achieve its mission.
  • Take on other related tasks as assigned by the board of directors.

An ideal candidate will genuinely enjoy engaging with people and will be prepared to accomplish the tasks above as demonstrated by a suitable combination of academic background, training, and experience. S/he will also be personable, organized, easygoing, and self-directed; have a good sense of humor; be a great communicator (in person, by phone, and in print); and meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Five or more years of related professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze public policy, synthesize complex information, and communicate this analysis in a manner that is accessible and compelling to a non-technical audience.
  • Professional and/or academic experience in the following areas: management, fundraising, and environmental advocacy/policy.
  • Demonstrated community, professional, political, or academic leadership.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. Comfortable speaking in public.
  • Familiarity with the geography, natural resources, and culture of Wyoming.
  • Willingness to travel and meet people.
  • Experience with the standard suite of office tools and technology.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

Compensation

This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience. The Wyoming Outdoor Council will provide excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits; a generous leave policy; and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.

Overview

The Wyoming Outdoor Council is Wyoming’s oldest independent statewide conservation group. In 1967, Tom Bell, also the founder of High Country News, came together with other conservation leaders to establish the Wyoming Outdoor Council. Since then, the Council has grown to be a recognized and respected leader in protecting Wyoming’s natural resources. We educate and activate citizens, work closely with many diverse partners, and, when necessary, take legal action to meet our mission, which is to protect Wyoming’s environment and quality of life for future generations.

To Apply

Email a letter of interest detailing how your experience and skills match this position description, a resume, two writing samples, and contact and relationship information for three references to Linda Sisco at linda@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org (please put “Executive Director” in the subject). Applications should be received by December 11, 2017.

Conservation Advocate

Reports to: Program Director
Time of Work: Full-time, salaried
Classification: Exempt
Location: Lander, WY
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Job description

Founded in 1967, the Wyoming Outdoor Council is the state’s oldest independent conservation organization. We work to protect Wyoming’s environment and quality of life for future generations. Our goal is to develop productive and lasting solutions for managing our public lands, protecting clean water and air, safeguarding wildlife habitat and sustaining local communities’ quality of life. As a respected voice for conservation in Wyoming, we draw on two strengths—experienced and effective policy staff, and the belief that engaged citizens can make a difference.

We are seeking a Conservation Advocate to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for and a demonstrated history of effective advocacy in support environmental quality and public lands.

Specific responsibilities

  • Work as part of the program team to develop conservation strategies for public lands, wildlife, clean air and water campaigns. This work includes advocacy, diplomacy, citizen engagement, and/or administrative or legal challenges.
  • Understand the National Environmental Policy Act, and be able to draft comments regarding environmental analyses of proposed federal actions.
  • Speak at hearings or public open houses to advocate conservation priorities.
  • Meet with agency officials, including the BLM, Forest Service, EPA, state DEQ and Game and Fish Department as well as local, state and federal elected officials and other decision makers to further our conservation goals.
  • Provide leadership to inspire and support budding citizen advocates, including legislative internships, a Citizen Advocacy Institute, “Beers and Bills” nights, and other trainings and seminars.
  • In coordination with the Outdoor Council communications director, develop content for our website, print publications, press releases and social media posts.
  • Engage in efforts to build coalitions with other groups or entities—such as hunters, anglers, recreational users, outdoor businesses, landowners, industries, and conservation partners.
  • Take on other related tasks as assigned by the program director.

An ideal candidate will thrive in a busy work environment, work well within teams, and accomplish the tasks above as demonstrated by a suitable combination of academic background, training, and experience. They will also be personable, organized and self-directed; have a good sense of humor; be a great communicator (in person and in print); and meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Three or more years of related professional and/or academic experience in environmental/natural resource law or policy and/or community engagement.
  • Demonstrated community, professional, or academic leadership.
  • Excellent written, spoken, and interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with the geography, natural resources, and culture of Wyoming.
  • Willingness to travel within Wyoming and meet a lot of people.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

Location

This position will be based at the Wyoming Outdoor Council home office in Lander.

Compensation

This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience. The Wyoming Outdoor Council will provide excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits; a generous leave policy; and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.

Overview

The Wyoming Outdoor Council is Wyoming’s oldest independent statewide conservation group. In 1967, Tom Bell, also the founder of High Country News, came together with other conservation leaders to establish the Wyoming Outdoor Council. Since then, the Wyoming Outdoor Council has grown to be a nationally recognized leader in protecting Wyoming’s environment and quality of life.

To Apply

Email a letter of interest explaining how your experience and skills match this position description, a resume, two writing samples and contact and relationship information for three references to Linda Sisco at linda@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org (please put “Conservation Advocate” in the subject). The position will remain open until filled.